A Plant for the Bees
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener A few years ago, several of us Master Gardeners went on a field trip to visit Cure Nursery, a native plant nursery. The horticulturist there suggested we visit the Pollinator Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. Since the trip was in October, I checked their website to see what, if anything, would be blooming. I noticed Monarda punctata, a type of bee balm. I went back to other bloom times and this plant bloomed for most of the summer! Intrigued, I gave a short talk about it to the Southside Virginia Herb Society. One of the members bought 2 packets of seed and gave me one. Being propagation deficient, I gave the packet to my good friend Lona of Chandler Gardens who is very good at propagation. She gave me the starts a few weeks later. I was able to give every member their own plant plus one for my garden.